Don Hansen

ASU Notebook: Final Poll Results

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Throughout the season, the “Weekly ASU Stats Notebook” tracked and trended key performance metrics of the Arizona State Sun Devils. The final “Stats Notebook” will have sections ripped out and published throughout the off-season. The first chapter examines how Arizona State football performed in the Associated Press (AP) and Coaches Polls.


It has been a tremendous year for the Pac-12 with five of the six teams in the South finishing in the top 25 of the AP and Coaches Polls, as well as the College Football Playoff Top 25. Here are some key points regarding the AP and Coaches Polls:

  • The Oregon Ducks were the only team to be ranked in both polls throughout the entire season.
  • Arizona State was the next closest team to accomplishing that feat as the Sun Devils stayed in the Coaches Poll Top 25 the entire year, but they went unranked for one week of the AP Poll.
  • For those that care, the Sun Devils finished the year ranked ahead of the Wildcats in both polls. However, it is the opinion of this author that when it comes to rivalries, rankings do not matter, and all that matters for the Sun Devils is the Territorial Cup loss to the Wildcats.

Historical Poll Perspective

The Arizona State Sun Devils finished the 2014 season of the college football ranked #12 in the final AP Poll. This the highest final AP Poll ranking since the 1996 team finished 4th overall. The chart below plots the weekly Associated Press (AP) Poll votes for Arizona State University over the past 19 seasons with bowl appearances listed.

After the legendary 1996 season under Bruce Snyder, there is little AP Poll success for Arizona State fans to celebrate. There were periodic successful performances under Dirk Koetter (’04) and Dennis Erickson (’07), but there was never sustained success as Sun Devil nation has seen in 2013 and 2014 under Todd Graham. While there has been some disappointments over the past two seasons, Sun Devil nation should take a step back and see that what Todd Graham has done in his three years in Tempe has been remarkable.

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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